Breitung Township School District adds staff members

KINGSFORD — At least two more staff members will need to be added for the 2018-19 academic year at Breitung Township Schools, district officials said.

The school board earlier this week approved hiring Renee Lindholm for special education at Kingsford High School, Amanda Gibbons as a part-time STEM/Robotics 21st-century learning coordinator and Carissa Rice to replace Sarah Shaker as an educational assistant.

The district still looks to hire an elementary art teacher and an additional elementary teacher, Superintendent Craig Allen told the board, adding that elementary numbers continue to rise.

“We’ve been getting quite a few people enrolled in kindergarten and numbers are creeping up in the early kindergarten at 25 to 26 students per classroom,” he said. They also are monitoring second-grade numbers.

“We have some growth and it’s a good problem to have,” Allen said. “What we are posting for today is an elementary teacher, then we would move some other assignments around.”

In other business, the board:

— Authorized raising substitute teacher pay from $95 to $100 a day.

— Learned that tuition for students from outside the district has been set at $7,871 for the 2018-2019 school year.

— Approved measures to continue participation as a school of choice in the state.

— Was told a staff in-service is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 27, before school starts Tuesday, Aug. 28. The board plans to greet arrivals for the first day of classes.

— Heard a presentation from teacher Leah Rankin on the high school Spanish class trip to Europe. The group spent 14 days in 10 different cities, in a different hotel almost every night. “It was really neat for the students, because we all had to work together and practice. The kids were happy. We had no sicknesses, no medical emergencies, nothing stolen, no one was late for anything,” Rankin said. “The kids were very well behaved and they definitely made all of you proud. They were just really good role models.”

— Named Heather Moore as varsity cheer coach